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News & Insights 21 December 2021

Why your 2022 new year’s resolutions should include volunteering with Action Tutoring

As surprising as it may seem, given many of us are still processing 2020, 2022 is just around the corner. This is the perfect time to pause and reflect on what’s important to us, clear our mind and work towards achieving new goals. Setting resolutions can be a great way to focus on the person we want to become by improving our skills, developing new ones and getting out of our comfort zone.

At Action Tutoring we believe that one of the most important resolutions we can set for ourselves is making a positive change in the world. Volunteering as a tutor is a great way to do this and we encourage everyone to find time in 2022 to join.

Tutoring provides a tangible way to grow personally and professionally. This is what one of our our amazing volunteers from Liverpool, Paige, said about her experience:

I have gained valuable transferable skills whilst volunteering with Action Tutoring. It has given me experience of a career path I hadn’t previously considered. The impact you can have on a child’s life is one of the most rewarding things any volunteering could offer!

Our volunteer tutors have not only made a positive impact on the lives of disadvantaged young people, but they have experienced positive benefits for themselves too.

Here is why you should include volunteering with Action Tutoring in your 2022 resolutions:

Volunteering as a tutor leads to self awareness

Volunteering is an eye opening experience which can help to identify your strengths, areas to improve and your personal values. Volunteering as a tutor can be an excellent way to improve your self-awareness through the feedback you receive and as you develop your skills.

A great way to track this development is by reflecting after each session. Writing down any new learnings, skills developed or observations will provide a valuable resource to refer back to for future tutoring sessions or other activities.

Volunteering can boost your interpersonal skills and confidence

Volunteering with Action Tutoring can be a brilliant way to enhance your interpersonal skills as you interact with people of different ages from different backgrounds, cultures and experiences in new situations.

As a tutor, you will practise active listening and asking open-ended questions to your pupils during the tutoring sessions, these are valuable transferable skills for the workplace and socially.

Time doesn’t need to be a barrier

We understand how hectic our daily life can be so we ask all our volunteers to simply give one hour each week to tutor and directly support disadvantaged pupils. Time shouldn’t be a barrier for your 2022 resolutions.

Amber, currently in her final year, studying for her BA in History at Nottingham Trent University has said that “the actual delivery of the session plus planning time is completely doable alongside other commitments”. She would urge anyone considering an application not to worry about whether they can fit it in as it is “totally manageable”. She also expressed how “the benefits of tutoring are endless but above all, children are our future and each child deserves that chance to prosper, blossom and thrive”.

Let’s make sure 2022 the year of giving back.

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